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After months of waiting, the MacBook Pro's release has finally been narrowed down to August.

The newly upgraded notebooks have yet to be publicly revealed, but they are expected to come with a similar batch of upgrades that accompanied the 2013 MacBook Air.

It is not yet known if Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) will lower the price of the MacBook Pro, which currently starts at $1,199 (standard model) and $1,499 (Retina Display edition). But those who are looking for a discount can currently get one at Best Buy (NYSE: BBY). The electronics retail has temporarily reduced the price of last year's 13-inch model by $200. This only applies to the standard model, but many of the Retina Display Macs are also on sale.

If the $200 savings is not enough to inspire consumers to make a purchase right now, they must be eager for whatever no features the MacBook Pro could have to offer.

Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ

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    Long Battery Life

    Long Battery Life

    This is a no-brainer.

    After Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) improved the battery life of the MacBook Air (the 13-inch model jumped from seven hours to 12 hours), users expect the same for the MacBook Pro.

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    Haswell Processors

    Haswell Processors

    Intel's (NASDAQ: INTC) highly anticipated Haswell processors are not only faster than the previous generation, they also consume less power.

    This is a big part of the reason why Apple was able to improve the MacBook Air's battery life.

    By bringing Haswell to the MacBook Pro, Apple could take this technology even further.

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    Glitch-Free Wi-Fi

    Glitch-Free Wi-Fi

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) was eager to support the latest 802.11ac technology.

    Unfortunately, that eagerness came at a price. The new MacBook Airs shipped with a troubling glitch that caused a number of problems for early adopters.

    Now that Apple has solved this issue, it should be able to bring the new wireless tech to the MacBook Pro without issue.

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    Faster Storage

    Faster Storage

    Why should the MacBook Air have all the fun?

    On its website, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) happily brags about the superior flash storage that has been added to the 2013 MacBook Air.

    With it, the new Air comes out of standby faster and loads programs at a much brisker pace.

    Not every MacBook Pro will receive flash storage (Apple is expected to continue making the old-fashioned models for a long time).

    Those that do, however, should definitely receive the flash storage upgrade.

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    More Memory

    More Memory

    Isn't it about time for a terabyte-sized hard drive?

    HDDs (hard disk drives) are cheaper than ever before.

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) could take advantage of this and build a Pro laptop that blows the competition out of the water.

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    Retina Displays For All Models

    Retina Displays For All Models

    Not every MacBook deserves a solid state drive. Their capacity and cost restraints are far too prohibitive.

    But every MacBook should have a Retina Display.

    These are the Pro models, after all. And if working professionals are using them everyday to build, develop and create, they should have best visual presentation possible.

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    Apple's 2013 Releases

    Apple's 2013 Releases

    MacBook Pro upgrades are not the only items that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) will be sending to retailers this year.

    Apple has a cornucopia of fresh electronics that are expected to ship before the year's end.

    Don't miss:

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